Chennai, Jan 15:
Mumbai dismissed Tamil Nadu for 324 to secure a 164-run first-innings lead and three points on the fourth and final day of their Ranji Trophy Group B match here on Tuesday.
The visitors, who made 488 in the first innings riding on captain Aditya Tare’s 154, enforced the follow-on and the match was called off with Tamil Nadu at 48 for one in 22 overs at the tea break.
For Mumbai, left-arm spinner Shams Mulani (4 for 72) was the best bowler while pacers Tushar Deshpande and Royston Dias had two scalps each.
The home team, which trailed by 239 runs overnight, continued to frustrate the Mumbai bowlers on a slow track as Ravichandran Ashwin (79) and R Sai Kishore (42) showed a lot of patience.
Ashwin had a stroke of luck too as Jay Bista, who took two very good catches on Monday, dropped him at leg-gully off Tushar Deshpande’s bowling. The lanky off-spinner, who was on 33, made the most of the drop and went on to play attractive shots and also hit two big sixes off the spinners.
Mumbai’s toil ended when Sai Kishore was dismissed against the run of play. The southpaw was run out after he charged for a single and Ashwin did not respond. The throw found Kishore short of his crease.
Once the marathon eighth-wicket partnership, which yielded 105 runs, ended, Mumbai got the next two scalps rather easily.
Tamil Nadu lost the wicket of L. Suryaprakash (18) in the second innings before the match was called off.
Mumbai took their tally to nine points from four matches while Tamil Nadu were languishing at the bottom with two points from five games.